Causes and treatment for thrush in babies.
Thrush! Ugh! All of my kiddos have experienced this. It isn’t fun at all. However, I guess I can look at the positive side of the situation. I get to learn about it first hand with my kids. You might be asking yourself what thrush even is. If this be the case read on! This post delves into what thrush is and steps to causes and treatment for thrush.
Be aware that I am not in the medical field and all stated in this post are my own opinion and advice. It is always best to consult your physician in any area of health you may have questions on.
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What is Thrush?
Thrush is a yeast like infection your baby can get in their mouth and on their tongue causing white sores or patches. The mother can also get a yeast like infection on her breast, if she happens to be breastfeeding. This can make both mother and baby feel discomfort while having thrush and especially when feeding time comes around.
What causes Thrush?
There is so many different opinions on where thrush stems from, or how it is caused. Here are a few opinions from myself and others on what causes thrush.
- Your baby hasn’t had time to build up their Immune system making it hard for them to fight off infection.
- They can come in contact with yeast in the birth canal which can form an infection.
- If they are on antibiotics for an extended period of time this can cause Thrush as well because the antibiotic kills of the good bacteria’s as well as the bad so it is hard for your baby to fight off the infection.
- I feel like my kids always got thrush when my other kids put their fingers into my infants mouth.
- From their pacifiers or bottles not being cleaned properly.
What can I do to get rid of thrush?
I know so many moms like the natural methods. I feel like in this case the best thing is to go in and see your pediatrician. They will put your baby on a 10 day antibiotic and for the most part this will wipe out the infection quickly. If it doesn’t they will have to give your baby something stronger but again will wipe it out quickly. I like this method because I feel like the baby is in so much pain it is best to give them relief ASAP.
If you are breastfeeding clean yourself before and after every feeding to be sure you and your baby aren’t spreading the infection back and forth. You can also give yourself some comfort by using Lotrimin it is basically athletes foot cream, ( I know gross,) but it helps immensely!
So what can you do to rid you and your baby of thrush?
First: Go to your pediatrician and get your baby on an antibiotic. Otherwise thrush can be a pain to get rid of.
Second: Using Lotrimin on your breast if breastfeeding will give comfort and kill yeast that may be living their.
Third: Keep bottles and pacifiers clean, and keep fingers out of your babies mouth.
As a side note, be sure not to share pacifiers or bottles that you have been using on your baby with others, this can spread thrush. Don;t breastfeed any other babies but your own while there is thrush present.
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